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September, 2020

Dubey receives $3.9M in grants to redesign regional transit system using AI, community engagement

Sep. 18, 2020—A $2.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation and a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will provide funding for Vanderbilt researcher Abhishek Dubey, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, to reimagine regional transit systems using cutting-edge data science techniques through a group of projects called Smart Transit. Abhishek...

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Nobel Laureate Frances Arnold creates new enzymes by following nature’s lessons

Sep. 17, 2020—Mixing chemistry, biology and engineering, Frances Arnold tweaks enzymes found in nature to perform new tricks by altering their DNA. Arnold, a Caltech chemical engineer with a Nobel Prize in Chemistry, scads more awards and honors, and research citations through the roof, delivered a rousing virtual lecture to some 700 listeners—almost twice. “You missed a...

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NSF grant to Baroud, scientists to examine the future of international shipping in the Arctic Ocean

Sep. 17, 2020—As the Arctic Ocean becomes less icy as a result of a warming climate, it could prove to be a viable—and more convenient—shipping route for global logistics companies. To determine the feasibility of navigating the challenging Arctic environment, Hiba Baroud, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Ralf Bennartz, professor of earth and environmental...

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Engineering researchers extend software-development efforts for sustainable microgrids through $2.5 million DoD project

Sep. 16, 2020—Gabor Karsai, professor of electrical engineering, computer science and computer engineering at Vanderbilt University, is leading a $2.5 million project to develop advanced software to manage microgrids, the relatively small energy systems that rely on local energy generation and storage. This latest effort marks the continuation of an earlier project with the U.S. Department of...

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George E. Cook, engineering associate dean, emeritus, dies

Sep. 15, 2020—George E. Cook, associate dean for research and graduate studies and professor of electrical engineering, emeritus, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. He was 82. Cook received his undergraduate degree in 1960 and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1965 at Vanderbilt. He earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1961....

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Vanderbilt engineers extend popular online MATLAB course into a new series

Sep. 15, 2020—Building on the exceptional success of their 2015 massive open online course (MOOC), “Introduction to Programming with MATLAB,” Mike Fitzpatrick, professor emeritus of computer science, and Akos Ledeczi, professor of computer engineering, are adding new courses to create an extended series. Fitzpatrick and Ledeczi have teamed up with Jack Noble, assistant professor of electrical engineering,...

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Engineering School is No. 37 in 2021 U.S. News undergraduate program rankings

Sep. 14, 2020—The Vanderbilt School of Engineering is No. 37 in the U.S. News & World Report’s  2021 Best Colleges rankings released today. The school is tied with Brown University, University of California-Irvine, University of California-Santa Barbara, and the University of Virginia. MIT is ranked No. 1. The U.S. News rankings of the 206 undergraduate engineering programs accredited by ABET, and where the...

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Engineering school announces 2020 alumni honorees, distinguished friend

Sep. 11, 2020—Vanderbilt engineering alumni Robert D. Finfrock Jr. and James L. Johnson Jr. have been named Distinguished Alumni and Professor Eugene LeBoeuf has been named a Distinguished Friend of the School of Engineering. They will be celebrated at the school’s Board of Visitors virtual meeting Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. A March ceremony honoring the 2020 members...

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